SM Denies Rumors That EXO Cancelled Appearance On

Both SM Entertainment and Dingo have shared explanations for EXO’s last-minute cancellation of their scheduled filming for “Killing Voice.”

Dingo’s “Killing Voice” is a web variety show in which artists sing highlights of their greatest hits in a live medley, and many artists appear on the program as part of their comeback promotions.

On June 28, it was reported that EXO had cancelled their shoot for “Killing Voice” the day before filming.

SBS News reported that according to an industry insider, the reason for the last-minute cancellation was that one of the EXO members (hereafter referred to as “A”) had decided not to participate in the scheduled filming on June 29. The report also claimed that “A” was not Chen, Baekhyun, or Xiumin—who were recently caught up in a public legal dispute with SM Entertainment—but a different member.

The source told SBS News, “It is highly unusual for a shoot to be suddenly postponed due to [an artist] not participating when a comeback is imminent… according to my knowledge, it is not unrelated to EXO’s recent conflict [with SM Entertainment] over their contracts.”

SBS News added that while Chen, Baekhyun, and Xiumin had reached an agreement with SM Entertainment earlier this month, it is said that the other EXO members have not yet finished discussing their contracts with the agency.

However, SM Entertainment explained the cancellation by stating, “The [EXO] members thought that there were aspects [of their performance] that needed to be adjusted before their comeback, so we changed the schedule for ‘Killing Voice’ the day before filming. We decided on another filming date and have asked Dingo about it.”

Dingo similarly commented, “We are currently checking on [changing] the filming schedule for the shoot to a different day.”

When asked about the reason for the change, Dingo replied, “As far as we are aware, the schedule was changed so that the artists could gain additional practice time for singing live, in order to present an even higher-quality live performance [through our] content.”

Meanwhile, EXO is currently gearing up to make their long-awaited group comeback with their new full-length album “EXIST” on July 10. They will also be dropping the pre-release track “Hear Me Out,” along with a music video for the song, on June 30 at 6 p.m. KST. Check out their latest teasers here!

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